Australia and New Zealand

Almost all round-the-world flight routes go through Australia and New Zealand, which is one reason a lot of career breakers go there. They both have great working holiday visa schemes, and are generally awesome.

Australia and New Zealand facts for the career breaker:

  • The Australia working holiday visa lets you do temporary paid jobs for up to a year (if you do seasonal work in 'regional Australia' you can get a second working visa for another 12 months). You must be under 30.
  • If you can't get a working holiday visa, there are other temporary work permits available, particularly if you have a skill that's in high demand (eg nursing).
  • In New Zealand, working holiday visas are available for 12 or 23 months. They allow you to work in a temporary job for up to a year. If you are over 30, there are other ways of getting employment (temporary or permanent) in New Zealand. 
  • Although temporary work is plentiful, competition is fierce so if you've got some experience under your belt, you'll find it easier.
  • You can get starter packages which include things like job boards, phonecards,a couple of nights' accommodation, visa help - and social events, so you can meet others in the same boat. They make it a lot easier and quicker to settle into your new life.
  • Adventure sports are really popular here - you can learn to dive, sail or surf - or do a bungee jump!
  • Because Australia and New Zealand are so popular with gappers and career breakers, it is easy to travel around, find hostels and make friends. 
  • Both are relatively safe countries, and the people are known for their friendliness.

Career break organisations with opportunities in Australia and New Zealand

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Flying Fish

Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.
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Educating Adventures

Educating Adventures

Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Go to Educating Adventures website Find out more
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Kaya Responsible Travel

Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 27 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples and families.
Go to Kaya Responsible Travel website Find out more

i-to-i TEFL

i-to-i are a leading online TEFL course provider that are internationally recognised and accredited worldwide.
Go to i-to-i TEFL website Find out more
Global Volunteer Network

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.
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Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Go to BUNAC website Find out more
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Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.
Go to Travellers Worldwide website Find out more
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Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
Go to Oyster Worldwide website Find out more
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Nonstop Snow

A range of ski and snowboard instructor courses and powder camps in Canada, France and New Zealand's best resorts - ideal for season-long stays and career breaks.
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WorldTeach is a volunteer-sending organisation which focuses on teaching and education.
Go to WorldTeach website Find out more